Skip to main content

Facing hefty fines, organizers cancel women's march on MN capitol

The move was due to the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

There'll be women's marches across the country Saturday, but now none of them will be happening at the Minnesota State Capitol. 

That's because the event that was planned for the capitol — organized by Women's March MN — has been canceled.

According to the group, they were contacted by Attorney General Keith Ellison's office on Friday and told they were facing a $25,000 fine if they didn't follow a number of COVID-19 protocols — including limiting the march to 250 people.

They also would have had to collect the names and personal information of participants for contact tracing, and follow "9 pages worth of other restrictions," a Facebook post from the group says:

They also suggest they were unfairly targeted by state officials:

"There are 13 events happening across Minnesota tomorrow yet we were the ones singled out," the post says. "Make no mistake, we are devastated and we. are. pissed."

They go on to say that after a "4 hour long meeting going through every possibility trying to find a way to still hold the event in a lawful way that would keep everyone safe," they had no choice but to cancel Saturday's march. 

The group adds that a "new online event," which would be help November 1, is now in he works.

BringMeTheNews has reached out to the attorney general's office for comment. 

Saturday's event would have coincided with many women's marches happening across the U.S. According to the national Women's March website, the protests are "socially distant actions... to send an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition to Trump and his agenda, including his attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat."

The other marches happening in Minnesota will be held in Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Cambridge, Fargo-Moorhead, Lindstrom, Mankato, Minneapolis, Northfield, St. Bonifacius, St.Cloud, Stillwater and Walker.

Next Up

DeShaun Hill

Cody Fohrenkam found guilty of Deshaun Hill Jr.'s murder

The 15-year-old was fatally shot on Feb. 9, 2022.

Screen Shot 2023-01-26 at 12.15.23 PM

Gov. Tim Walz proposes $3.3B for aging infrastructure

Walz's borrowing plan comes days after the release of his two-year state budget proposal.

Screen Shot 2023-01-26 at 8.43.35 AM

Children's Theatre Company actors lose belongings in damaging house fire

The fire broke out Tuesday morning shortly after the dryer had been started.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

Biden Admin. imposes 20-year mining ban near Boundary Waters

The moratorium is the maximum the Department of the Interior can implement without congressional approval.


Historic St. Paul building to be removed, put in storage after public outcry

The building was set to be demolished before community members spoke out against it.


Minnesota's COVID update for the week ending Tuesday, Jan. 24

Hospitalizations dipped for a second week in a row.


Despite single-digit temps, thousands attend St. Paul Women's March

It coincided with woman's marches in Washington, D.C. and around the U.S.

Twitter screengrab - Resist Line 3 Capitol protest Friday Aug 27

Line 3 protesters at Capitol met by state troopers

A group of demonstrators remained on the grounds after the event permit expired.

Women's March anniversary: Here's how MN supporters are celebrating a year of girl power

Details on the anniversary event happening in St. Paul this weekend.

Demonstration/protest in Minneapolis.

Thousands take part in Minneapolis 4th of July demonstrations

They included a march to St. Anthony Main and a "Roll 4 Justice."

MN lawmakers pass budget in overnight special session

The House and the Senate had to burn the midnight oil to hammer out the $48 billion spending bill.

State Capitol.

State troopers remove KARE 11 crew from anti-mask protest at Capitol

There was also a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

State Capitol.

DPS prepared for protests, potential violence ahead of Inauguration Day

Commissioner John Harrington says there "are few known active threats" to the Minnesota State Capitol.

Women flooded the MN capitol on Women's Day asking for an equal rights bill

No, Minnesota doesn't have an equal rights bill. These people want to change that.